UN warns battle for Marib threatens millions of Yemenis

The UN’s humanitarian chief said Tuesday he was “very alarmed” by a Houthi rebel advance on the Yemeni government’s last northern stronghold of Marib, saying the assault could endanger millions of civilians. The Iran-backed Houthis this month resumed an offensive to seize oil-rich Marib, some 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of the rebel-held capital Sanaa. The city’s loss would be a major blow for Yemen’s government, which is backed by a Saudi-led coalition, but would also threaten catastrophe for civilians, including hundreds of thousands of displaced people sheltering in desolate camps in the…

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